noun \ˈtī-(ˌ)nō\
plural Taino or Tainos

Definition of TAINO

:  the language of the Taino people
:  a member of an aboriginal Arawakan people of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas

Origin of TAINO

Taino nitaino, tayno noble, lesser chief
First Known Use: 1836

Rhymes with TAINO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Arawak Indian people of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. They also inhabited Puerto Rico and the eastern tip of Cuba. Traditionally they grew cassava and corn (maize), hunted birds and small animals, and fished. They were skillful at working stone and wood. Their society consisted of three tiers—nobles, commoners, and slaves—and they were ruled by hereditary chiefs and subchiefs; religious beliefs centred on a hierarchy of nature spirits and ancestors. Their population was decimated during the Spanish conquest. The Taino population slowly increased during the succeeding centuries.


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